Listening to music for a better workout, improved lifestyle! – A friend and I were sitting at my kitchen table recently, just shooting the breeze as they say, when we began talking about different types of music and which ones are absolute must-haves for our playlists. Both of us are health fanatics so naturally the conversation centered on songs that pump you up, put you in the zone, increase energy for that one extra rep or mile, and make you feel unstoppable during a workout.
Maybe a little ‘Eye of the Tiger’, or some AC/DC?
I’m sure you’ve all been there, right?!?!?!?!? You’re probably thinking the playlist you’ve created is the bomb.com, and you’d likely feel lost without it. Music is a good kind of distraction. I mean, I can’t think of a workout I’ve had where I didn’t have something playing on my headphones or in the background.
Having nothing there seems … well, weird!
So my friend — who happens to be a guy — is rattling off these high-energy songs, bands and music apps like Pandora and iHeart Radio when I completely throw him for a loop and suggest Brain Shift Radio. He had no clue what that was, but trust me when I say it’s fantastic!
I don’t want to turn this blog into an infomercial, but here’s the skinny. BSR is interactive, prescriptive internet radio created by the Strong Institute (no relation to being strong in the gym … sorry, corny joke) and is based on core musical elements effective in helping improve focus, reduce anxiety, fall asleep fast, raise energy and enhance cognitive abilities.
I’ve mentioned in previous blogs that I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression in the past. My son, Pierce, has dyslexia, so I turned to BSR for ways to help him. We’d put on some low music in the background while Pierce was working on a project, and we saw immediate benefits.
It was then I realized, “Hey, I need that too.” I think I shocked my friend even more when I told him I prefer to listen to personal development stuff on BSR from the likes of John C Maxwell, Chalene Johnson and Joel Osteen — while I’m working out at home or taking our lovable dog, Jojo, for a walk.